Overview

Zedoary is a plant. The underground stem (rhizome) is used to make medicine.

Traditional methods for preparing zedoary involve washing it with lots of water to remove most of the protein and water-soluble nutrients. The rinsing is also supposed to remove a poison that is yet to be identified.

Zedoary is used for stomach pain, loss of appetite, indigestion, as a mosquito repellant, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

There is not enough scientific information available to know how zedoary might work for medical conditions. Zedoary has not been studied in people. It has only been studied in animals or in test tubes. Some of this research suggests that zedoary can act like an antibiotic. It also might repel mosquitoes.

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